Deadline for Family Reunification Passes, Hundreds of Children Still Apart from Parents

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A man, identified only as Leon, spends time with his daughter Anaveli, 11, as they are cared for in an Annunciation House facility after they were reunited with each other on July 25, 2018 in El Paso, Texas. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The U.S. government missed its second deadline to reunite families separated at the border on Thursday, with over 700 children deemed “ineligible” for reunification. The American Civil Liberties Union is demanding more information on these cases, which include 431 children whose parents have already been deported and 120 children whose parents waived reunification under reportedly chaotic conditions. We discuss the current state of immigrant detention and what’s next for families that have been separated.


Ziva Branstetter, senior editor, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting

Ruby L. Powers, board certified immigration attorney, Powers Law Group, P.C.

Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, attorney, American Immigration Council

John Sepulvado, host, The California Report